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Song of the day: Follow your ears

Dear song of the dayers,

It’s funny how sometimes nothing happens for what seems ages, and then all of a sudden everything happens at once. Today I celebrate 400 days of song of the day (wow). Song of the day also developed in Indie Nation, and today is the blogs 200 post. Today is also the day that I leave my Finance job at a big company to follow my ears and pursue a job in the INDIE music industry in London. I didn’t event cheat the numbers.
So let’s say it’s a pretty big day.

As silly as it may sound, song of the day changed my life. The daily habit of investing 10mins every day into music, that naturally grew to 30 minutes and sometimes an hour made a colossal difference over two years. Not only does it feel great to start your day with something you love, but it also lets you explore it truly, develop it, give you the knowledge and one day the guts to jump. And if you don’t believe me, there other people who say the same.

So where to from now?
I will take about a month’s break, to go on holiday, to go to London start searching my way and to think on how I want to continue blogging how/when/what/where.

What about the music?
In one way or another I will continue to bring you Song of the Day, it’s too much a part of me to give up. So don’t stress.
Just sign up to this blog via email and you will get a notification when I am back to bring exciting new news (end Nov/early Dec).
In the meanwhile it’s not like you are musicless.
You have the song of the day playlists: 1. MasMusic’s Song of the Day  and 2. MasMusic’s Song of the Day  to catch up on all the songs you missed.

So go ahead and get listening.

I leave you with a song and a band that I am completely in obsessed with at the moment: Labyrinth ear.
Yes I know I already gave two of their songs recently, but all they have is two short EPs and all I can do is listen to the on repeat.
And at the moment this song.

So here it is Humble Bones

And remember wear sunscreen

Over and up.

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

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Song of the day: The devil will want you back

Hello kids,

So yes it’s about time I start acknowledging the new Two Door Cinema Club album Beacon, cause technically they still are indie I guess. Irish version of PhoenixmeetsVampireWeekend really exploded with their debut album back in 2010, and the second album is taking them from strength to strength.

This is what I call very easily digestible indie, so all of you should give it a listen and love it.

I wanted to give you Wake Up but it got taken down all over youtube. So here is Handshake instead.

There’s even some Passion Pit in there.

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: Psycho killer teen dream action film

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Hello kids,

So yesterday I gave you the new tune in preview of the release of the XX’s highly exciting second album.
Today I do a similar thing for Bloc Party’s long anticipated 4th album called Four.

As I mentioned in my review, I heard a couple of snippets at Heineken Open’er in Poland earlier this month and I loved what I heard.

So I give you the first released single in wait for 20th of August when we get to hear the whole thing.

Here is Octopus

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Festival Review: Heineken Open'er // Gdynia, Poland // 7 July 2012 // Day 4: Mumford & Sons, Bat for Lashes, The XX, SBTRKT

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So Day 4 all started with me trying out a Polish punk band Cool Kids of Death. Talk about embracing the culture. Rap in polish is a lil difficult to attach yourself too. However they were still fun for a good old jump around in a teenager dominated marsh pit. Unfortunately towards the end of the performance the heavens Opene’ered up and the rain started. What was a few drops quickly turned into a storm with thunder and lighting. Luckily after about 45 minutes of heavy rain it all stopped and the performances manage to continue with a short delay.

Mumford & Sons were up next. And although the opening song was a weak one (I think possibly a new one) they followed it up with their entire top hits one after another and the folk (let’s not say country – I hate country) frolicking was pleasant to say the least. What with the newly formed mud lakes we could all have been jamming in a pig farm.

But I cut that performance short as I had already seen them last year at Primavera and was keen to watch the whole of Bat for Lashes.

And what a good choice that was. Bat for Lashes was the most enchanting performance of the festival. As Natasha Khan came out clothed from head to toe in a heavy patterned long dress and matching headband she looked like a pagan princess. Her stage moves were also very impressive (although completely different to those of Alison) and enchanting. The tent this time transported us to entranced moonlight feel. Her voice is nothing short of perfection – she hit every single of her notes, while rocking back and forward with her arms out like an Egyptian queen. Occasionally shaking some Latino looking shaker. It all felt so natural and intimate that she was giving you a little part of herself without it being much of an effort.

Highlights for me were of course Precilla and Daniel as I am not as familiar with her new album (which of course I will now proceed to get to as the performance was incredible).

And then the grand ending on the main stage: The XX. And it’s really strange what this nothing short of bizarre band could do the crowd. I adore the XX. They were my musical food and fuel and obsession for a good 5 months after their debut album came out. And I can still listen to their album, loving every single song on the album (which is rare) and never getting tired of it.  So impatiently I waited right up close to the stage, surrounded with hard-core (and annoyingly pushy) fans. And as the trio took on the minimal misty stage (they are abusive users of smoke machines) the musical drug started and on it we stayed.

The XX are that weird middle ground. Drawn out sound with a definite beats, but too fast to be slow and too slow to be fast. You are just not quite sure what to do with yourself at their concert. And somehow we were all ok with that. The voices Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim are as clear and piercing in real life as it is on the CD. I am still amazed how hard-core and distant the punkie looking singers/guitarist look and how vulnerable and delicate their voices sound. Don’t judge a voice by its cover. And just like The XX the most breath taking moments are the ones when they sing together and let their voices intermingle.

I was again very pleased to hear some new singles off their much awaited second album. And I am delighted to report they also sound fantastic. So only great things ahead. They have a little more bass/slight electro/mixed feel but fantastic and still as originally sounding as the first album. You can see that Jamie Smith (also doing solo mixing work under the name Jamie XX) is adding a great deal of value to Romy and Oliver.

The crowd was obviously giving the band much love as Oliver repeated several time that he was blown away by the Polish crowd, so happy to be here and sorry it took them so long to come. However no matter how much we howled no encore. I guess it’s just too cliché for them.

As the main show finished we walked back to the tent one last time to catch the Africa meets Electro brilliant mix of SBTRKT. It was a really fun act to end the concert on. We gave our tired legs one more jam session.

And as we finally retreated to the Heineken Lounge and drank our final drafts of the festival and laughed at some memories that had been cemented in the mud and in our hearts we felt a bit surreal about all that had happened and how it was now over. The festival had drawn us into this new world and was necessarily ready to leave it.

But we weren’t the only ones with a bit of nostalgia. Walking back a crowd was forming around what a must of been very drunk guy (either on music or beer but you can figure out which is more likely) who decided to pitch his tent in the middle of the mud puddle in the camping area and angrily kicked around in the muddy water. Whatever floats your boat man.

Music performances of this level does it for me.

Oh and this.

Concert Review: Ben Howard// D!Club// Lausanne// 27 June 2012

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Hello kids

So you should remember Ben Howard back from a few months ago when I gave you The Fear as first sample (also my favourite song – check out the lyrics).

So last night I went to see Ben Howard at D!Club Lausanne – the second time in a week. Not bad.
I was really happy to see him in a dedicated concert. It reconfirms my opinion that artists you really love you should see at their own concert vs. a festival.

Don’t get me wrong, I like festivals – but the performance never compares.
Last night’s performance was 10 steps above that of Hackney Weekend.

Beni is a superb live act. Not only does he build up and drop the song at ten times the intensity of the recorded version but he also adds lots of amazing variations and twist with his voice. His voice is close to perfection and the control and range and power with which he executes his songs is nothing short of breath taking.

His three disciples were not bad either. The multi-talented percussion player, whipped out a cello, a guitar and then a drum. And the bassist juggled strumming his base and hitting some drums in the same song. I admit to not being really focused on the drummer.

The band really managed to keep a high grip of the audience all the way through by mixing folky songs and more rocking songs. Changing the instruments up. Slow and more upbeat songs. And most importantly dramatic build ups and drops 3/4 into the song to create suspense for the big finish (something in my opinion they abused a little bit – but hey I’ll give it to them it’s very effective).

So all in all wonderful concert. The crowd definitely agreed as there was loud shouting and cheering the entire way through. He mistakenly admitted that he was very happily surprised by the support as he had been told the French part of Switzerland is rather boring (true but not necessarily the right thing to say). And also that he had tanned in his boxers with his fellow band member on a boat on the lake the whole day and resembled a gay couple. haha.

So why don’t you listen to his wonderful song The Wolves.

But just know it’s not even close to as good as it was live.

However I do recommend check this out if you want to get a feel for how he uses his guitar as a drum.

Put my name on it – this guy is going to be huge.

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: It's alarming honestly how charming she can be

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Hello kids,

So onto the next artist I saw at Hackney Weekend. The controversial big lipped Lana Del Rey. I have already written about the drama about her. I have already given you by far my favourite (but not well known) song Radio.

And now I am happy to present the truth to you: SHE CAN SING.

There are some videos of her on youtube which my friends kept telling me about that she is a bad singer. Well keep your videos to yourself – I saw her live and she can.

To be fair the poor doll is either terrified or extremely shy and in the beginning she was being drowned out by the instruments. And then the sound was not completely clear – kind of a smudgy sound.

But as time passed and the Barbie relaxed, or the sound engineers made the correct adjustment, her voice really came out.
Especially when she added some fancy spontaneous twirls to the song to really show off the power of her voice.

THE GIRL CAN SING. And its wasn’t playback.

So that myth busted.

Here is Carmen. And a very Lana Del Rey type video.

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day

Song of the day: Go to Berlin GO!

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HELLO KIDS,

So after my AMAZING weekend in Berlin I am all alternatived up. This place gets INDIE MUSIC.

I spend Saturday night at Wilde Renate – for all you alternative lovers THIS IS A MUST. It reminded me of my students days spend on Long street in retro, dirty vintage, it’s-cool-to-be-trash clubs.
My favourite of course being Tuesdays at Fiction (with none other than Tommy Gun).

The minute I queued I hated myself for wearing heels at such a place (Geneva is conditioning me!). I was possibly the only tall girl doing so. So I made sure to afro my hair as big as it could and mess my make up a bit. The encourgaing thumbs up from fellow afroers around me reassured me that I looked crazy enough.

But this place was CRAZY – an old run down house with three stories. All filled with mystical fairlights, ivy, 50s couch, dark lighting, burlesque statues, an old bed with red broken mattress, madness everywhere. And then of course the most arty people of your life. This looked like the haunted house where all the vampires loved to party. Upstairs there was a gift from the musical god of a DJ that pumped awesome beats. And the crowd was so friendly and inviting as we hoped around and jointly cheered to the tunes. An accepting environment of difference and weirdness. Just refreshing.

Anyways so back to the music. I found just about the perfect tune to bridge the two latest topic. One Clock Opera (my reobsession from last week) and two Berlin.

Well its none other than one of the fabulous songs on Metronomy’s  The English Rivera Unreleased Remixes album – and yes you guess it its Clock Opera remix of The Bay.

So have a listen and abide by the repeating commands of: Go to Berlin GO! (and while you are it why not Tokyo)

MasMusic
I wish I could make a soundtrack to my life and breathe in the notes every day